Wrestling Game Reviews by Rockofhysteria

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Re: Wrestling Game Reviews by Rockofhysteria

Postby rockofhysteria » May 10th, 2017, 10:04 pm

Ok folks it's been about a month or more since my last review so figured lets do another one. And as Promised and by request of a few people I present WCW vs NWO Revenge for the Nintendo 64. It was Developed by Asmik Ace and Aki and Published by THQ.


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Released in October of 1998 in North America. WCW Vs NWO Revenge represents what many wrestling game fans would call the pinnacle of Wrestling Gamine. And most likely they wouldn't be wrong in that thought. After WCW vs the World for PS1 Aki and THQ knew they were on to something. With WCW vs NWO World Tour on N64 they got closer. And this game is their 3rd try to hit the sweet spot. Did they get there??? Let's break it down and find out.


Graphics-Graphically this game is absolutely Gorgeous for the time. There had never been a wrestling game before that looked this good from the Arenas to the menu screen to the wrestlers themselves. All of the wrestlers are ACCURATELY portrayed in this game even facially unlike the previous two Aki developed WCW games and it really shows here.

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Sound-Nothing special here no wrestlers theme songs which is disappointing. Not horrible by any stretch but just nothing really worth noting.


Gameplay-The gameplay of this game has been long revered for many years and it's not easy to see why. It's absolutely spectacular. They managed to build on a almost perfect gameplay mechanic from WCW vs NWO World Tour and the results are beautiful. The WCW and NWO wrestlers all have authentic movesets for once and their REAL Finishers for instance Kevin Nash actually does the Jackknife Powerbomb instead of a generic Powerbomb. There is one part of the new gameplay the some players didn't like was certain wrestlers A strike combo at the expense of a Powerful Grapple Move. Some liked it some Didn't. Me??? I was ok with it it didn't really diminish anything IMO. As for Gameplay modes you have basic Singles and Tags along with Hndicaps matches and a Battle Royal.


Now in World Tour the Battle Royal was just a Fatal Four Way. But here it's a Legit Battle Royal which you can set to have up to 40 competitors and it's a hell of a good time to play with friends. You also have 5 different Gauntlets you can go through to win different WCW Titles you can go for the WCW World Title, the United States Title, The Tag Team Titles the Cruiserweight titles and the TV title each. By completing each gauntlet you unlock different wrestlers to use in the other modes. You also get real authentic looking WCW TV and PPV arenas that all look great. You get Nitro,Bash at the Beach,Starrcade,Halloween Havoc,Superbrawl, And Souled Out.


Also making it's first appearance in a Aki/THQ wrestling game is Create a Wrestler Sort of lol. You can't create a wrestler per say but you can take ANY wrestler in the game and alter their Gear by interchanging it with the gear of any of the other wrestlers on the game for instance you could take Goldberg and dress him like Disco Inferno lol. You can even change the name of any wrestler on the game which can lead to some hilarious results. My friends and I did the following with it. lol Larry Zbyzsko into Larry Nabisco, Yuji Nagata into Creamofsomeyungguy, The British Bulldog into The British Buttdart and Big Poppa Pump into Big Papa Plop lol.



Roster- The Roster in this game is like pretty much everything else about the game truly great. Now the roster is too big for me to list them all here. But almost all of the heavy hitters of WCW are here. Goldberg,Bret Hart,Hogan,Savage,Sting,Luger,Nash,Hall,Hennig,Booker T and Stevie Ray,Jericho,Mysterio and a whole slew of others. There are also a bunch of generic guys who aren't real with name like Maya Inca Boy and Dake Ken on the roster as well. One Key Omission however is Ric Flair Who was removed from the game prior to release on orders from Eric Bischoff who was head of WCW at the time due to Ric being off of tv and the Lawsuits between the two parties at the time.



Well there you have it folks WCW vs NWO Revenge still one of the most popular wrestling games of all time and for good reason. Here is the final breakdown.


Graphics-A+

Sound-B

Gameplay-A+

Roster-A+

For a final grade of A+



Next up I'm going to do a Handheld review I'm thinking either WWF Superstars or WCW Main Event. Till then Enjoy :)

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Re: Wrestling Game Reviews by Rockofhysteria

Postby MoarRipter » May 11th, 2017, 5:23 pm

Great review, I LOVE the THQ wrestling games on N64. While they play at a rather slow framerate on 4-player matches they're great in 1-on-1 matches. The control scheme they used in this game, Wrestlemania 2000, and No Mercy is the best control scheme they've ever had in wrestling games. It made perfect sense, with weak and strong grapples, the taunts, throwing guys into the ropes or turnbuckles, special moves and countering special moves. This game was pretty cool for the day, especially with how Sting descended from the rafters.

I find the graphics on this one a bit too ugly compared to later ones like Wrestlemania 2000 and No Mercy especially, so it's kind of hard to play these days. No Mercy was definitely the best, but that damned save data glitch, it caused me to toss No Mercy in the garbage more than once. I'm currently looking for a patched version of No Mercy (denoted by the "-1" after USA on the front label) but it's apparently super rare. It was only available from THQ by mail-in by sending the glitched cartridge into them for replacement and I've never seen it in retro game stores or on eBay. The search continues - I must have it.

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Re: Wrestling Game Reviews by Rockofhysteria

Postby Retro STrife » May 15th, 2017, 1:33 pm

Great review. Thanks for reviewing this! I still remember back to these days when wrestling games weren't well regarded by critics and gamers in general, and this game really changed that. I got WCW/NWO Revenge in a trade with a friend back in the early 2000s and I played it a lot. I haven't owned many other wrestling games before or since, so there's a lot of nostalgia in it for me.

MoarRipter also mentioned WWF No Mercy.. I recently learned that No Mercy on the N64 is held in even higher esteem nowadays than WCW/NWO Revenge. In fact, I noticed that a lot of gaming conventions still hold No Mercy tournaments to this day. (I bought No Mercy last year to play in one of those tournaments, but I ended up only playing the game for a couple hours and never entered the tournament.) I'd love to see your review of No Mercy sometime, to get a comparison of the two games and hear your preference. Also looking forward to Warzone, since you mentioned doing that one at some point, and also your handheld game review.

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Re: Wrestling Game Reviews by Rockofhysteria

Postby rockofhysteria » May 19th, 2017, 6:55 pm

Ok folks time for another review And time for my first Handheld review so I present to you WWF Superstars for the Nintendo Gameboy. It was Developed by Rare and Published by LJN and released in 1991.

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This game is the WWE's first Handheld video game after a few console games some of which I've already reviewed.Not much to say other than let's break it down.



Graphics-Suprisingly this game looks really good even on the Monochrome Gameboy Screen the wrestlers look really well made and you can easily tell who is who. The Ring is also well made as well as are the rest of the backround.

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Sound-It's a early 90's wrestlig game through the small gameboy speaker lol nuff said.


Gameplay. Like most WWF Games in this era the gameplay is lacking but since it's the gameboy it's not that big a deal for me honestly. All wrestlers share the same moveset basically with no special moves. As for Game Modes there is only one here you pick a wrestler and beat the other wrestlers to win the WWF title. The difficulty of the matches is a little stiff but you can easily win every match if you just constantly run the ropes and hit them with dropkicks. One cool thing they did though is once you pick your wrestler and your opponent is picked by the CPU both wrestlers cut promos on each other.



Roster-Like pretty much all wrestling games from the era the roster is filled with all time greats. Though in this game you only get 5 to choose from most likely due to limitations of the hardware but what a 5 you get. You get Hulk Hogan,Randy Savage,Ultimate Warrior.The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase and Mr.Perfect. 5 WWE Hall of Famers and all time greats.


Well there you have it folks WWF Superstars for the Gameboy a decent first entry into the handheld market for the WWE not Great by any real stretch but not total crap either. Here is the final Breakdown


Graphics-A

Sound-F

Gameplay-D

Roster-A+

for a final grade of C



Next up for sure will be WWF No Mercy for the Nintendo 64


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